Irish lawyer Fergal Gaynor appointed to top post on Cambodia inquiry

Irish man to take up senior prosecuting role at tribunal run by Cambodians and the UN .

An Irish barrister has been appointed to one of the most senior prosecution positions at the Cambodia Tribunal in Phnom Penh, set up in 1997 to try leaders of the Khmer Rouge who ruled the country between 1975 and 1979.

Fergal Gaynor (48) has been appointed Reserve International Co-Prosecutor at the tribunal after being nominated by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and approved by King Norodom Sihamoni. The tribunal is run jointly by the Cambodian government and the United Nations.

Because of its hybrid structure, the tribunal has a senior legal staff comprising national and international prosecutors and judges.

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